Wizard of Oz Couples Halloween Costume: Tornado DIY Tutorial

Halloween couples costumes are the best, and last year’s Wizard of Oz theme was my favorite yet! Learn how I made this tornado costume from a laundry hamper!

Can I just say how awesome my husband is for dressing up with me, even though he hates couples costumes? But he knows how much I love them and how much I love Halloween, so he sacrifices once a year for this. It truly is a gesture of love.

These Wizard of Oz Halloween costumes aren't the typical ones you see over and over! Learn how to make this Wicked Witch of the East and tornado couples costumes--from a box and a laundry hamper! A fun Halloween DIY.
And just look how cute he looks as a tornado!

If you missed part 1 of this post, head to the Wicked Witch of the East DIY Tutorial.


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How to make a Tornado DIY Halloween costume

These Wizard of Oz Halloween costumes aren't the typical ones you see over and over! Learn how to make this Wicked Witch of the East and tornado couples costumes--from a box and a laundry hamper! A fun Halloween DIY.

You’re going to need:

  • a large fabric pop-up hamper: in order to fit an adult, mine measured 18″ in diameter x 23.75″ in height (and even then, Jared had to shimmy in and out a little bit…)
  • old coat hanger (or strong wire)
  • wire cutters
  • duct tape
  • batting scraps
  • grey tulle
  • doll house picket fence pieces: I found mine at Hobby Lobby, but something like this would work well
  • plastic animals: I found a pack of farm animals at Hobby Lobby
  • faux leaves
  • needle and strong thread or embroidery floss
  • hot glue

First, cut out the bottom of the laundry hamper.

These Wizard of Oz Halloween costumes aren't the typical ones you see over and over! Learn how to make this Wicked Witch of the East and tornado couples costumes--from a box and a laundry hamper! A fun Halloween DIY.

Try on the hamper and determine where you’d like arm holes and cut them out. I cut mine about 1/3 of the way down.

These Wizard of Oz Halloween costumes aren't the typical ones you see over and over! Learn how to make this Wicked Witch of the East and tornado couples costumes--from a box and a laundry hamper! A fun Halloween DIY.

Using wire cutters, cut your wire hanger in two. Bend each piece into a half-circle shape (it doesn’t have to be perfect). These will help the tornado to look fuller on top, instead of keeping the straight up-and-down shape of the hamper.

These Wizard of Oz Halloween costumes aren't the typical ones you see over and over! Learn how to make this Wicked Witch of the East and tornado couples costumes--from a box and a laundry hamper! A fun Halloween DIY.

Attach the wire pieces to opposite sides of the hamper by duct taping the heck out of it. If you have a better way of attaching these, I’m all ears!

These Wizard of Oz Halloween costumes aren't the typical ones you see over and over! Learn how to make this Wicked Witch of the East and tornado couples costumes--from a box and a laundry hamper! A fun Halloween DIY.

The wire wasn’t wanting to stay upright, but it still served its purpose as you can see in the next photo:

These Wizard of Oz Halloween costumes aren't the typical ones you see over and over! Learn how to make this Wicked Witch of the East and tornado couples costumes--from a box and a laundry hamper! A fun Halloween DIY.

Wrap a large piece of batting around the top of the hamper. To help the wire stay upright, I made a “pocket” in either side of the batting and slipped the batting over the top of the wire.

Continue wrapping pieces of batting in a spiral going down the hamper, as shown, avoiding the arm holes. You can add more batting later, but this gives you an idea of where you’re going.

Attach the batting to the hamper with hot glue, being careful not to burn your fingers. You could also sew it on with a needle and thread if you prefer.

Next, cover the batting with grey tulle and sew it to the hamper.

These Wizard of Oz Halloween costumes aren't the typical ones you see over and over! Learn how to make this Wicked Witch of the East and tornado couples costumes--from a box and a laundry hamper! A fun Halloween DIY.
These Wizard of Oz Halloween costumes aren't the typical ones you see over and over! Learn how to make this Wicked Witch of the East and tornado couples costumes--from a box and a laundry hamper! A fun Halloween DIY.
I got lazy and used some rather large stitches. In this picture, you can also see where I duct taped the wire and how it’s encased in the batting.

Continue covering your spiral of batting with tulle, sewing it on in sections, and stuffing it with more batting and tulle.

These Wizard of Oz Halloween costumes aren't the typical ones you see over and over! Learn how to make this Wicked Witch of the East and tornado couples costumes--from a box and a laundry hamper! A fun Halloween DIY.
These Wizard of Oz Halloween costumes aren't the typical ones you see over and over! Learn how to make this Wicked Witch of the East and tornado couples costumes--from a box and a laundry hamper! A fun Halloween DIY.

I don’t have great pictures of this process, but think of it like a tube that you’re sewing on all the way around the hamper–a tube of tulle that you’re stuffing as you go, stitching on either side to secure it.

Add as much batting and tulle as you want to get the full, cloud-like look you’re going for.

These Wizard of Oz Halloween costumes aren't the typical ones you see over and over! Learn how to make this Wicked Witch of the East and tornado couples costumes--from a box and a laundry hamper! A fun Halloween DIY.

Once you’re satisfied with your stuffing, you can add animals, fence pieces, leaves, and anything else that might get caught in a tornado. Hot glue worked great for this. I also printed a picture of the Wicked Witch on her bike (from the Wizard of Oz) and slipped it inside the tulle.

If you have extra batting and tulle (and time!), you’re welcome to continue the stuffed tube process beyond the hamper so it can be wrapped around the wearer’s legs. I didn’t have much of any of those things (mostly the time), so I simply safety-pinned some tulle around one of Jared’s legs and stuck some leaves inside. It worked for us!


And there you go! A super unique and fun couples costume. Fairly inexpensive and not too hard, right?

These Wizard of Oz Halloween costumes aren't the typical ones you see over and over! Learn how to make this Wicked Witch of the East and tornado couples costumes--from a box and a laundry hamper! A fun Halloween DIY.
Don’t ask me why I’m making that face. But I know Jared’s look, it’s one he gives me all the time when I’m saying or doing something weird. Which is a lot, apparently. 🤣

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These Wizard of Oz Halloween costumes aren't the typical ones you see over and over! Learn how to make this Wicked Witch of the East and tornado couples costumes--from a box and a laundry hamper! A fun Halloween DIY.

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